In an excerpt of an interview that will air on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” on NBC, Cuban was asked if he would listen if the Clinton campaign came to him offering the vice presidency. “Absolutely,” Cuban responded while adding that he would seek to alter some of Clinton’s platform were he to become her running mate. “If she’s willing to listen, if she’s willing to, you know, hear other sides of things, then I’m wide open to discussing it,” Cuban said.
The recruiters also delved into the world of reality television for someone who might out-Trump Trump: Mark Cuban, the brash billionaire businessman and owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team. Again and again, though, these anti-Trump Republicans have heard the same tepid response: Thanks, but no thanks. “I don’t see it happening,” Cuban wrote in an email.
Cuban, who hosts “Shark Tank,” the ABC reality series in which entrepreneurs pitch investors about their business ideas, said his pursuers — he declined to name them — have told him his “bluster and volume, combined with substance and the ability to connect with voters on a more personal basis,” could make him a winning candidate. “He could come after me all he wanted, and he knows I would put him in his place,” Cuban said of Trump. “All that said, again, I don’t see it happening. There isn’t enough time.”
At restaurants and bars all across the country, over a plate of beetroot salad, a bottle of Uzavas beer, or a glass of black balsam liqueur, conversation inevitably turns to Porzingis. Politicians strategize about how best to capitalize on the player’s popularity, the journalist Armands Puce, who hosts the Latvian sports show “Overtime” on the country’s TV6 channel, told me. Subscriptions in Latvia to N.B.A. League Pass, which allows viewers to stream any N.B.A. game at any time, has tripled this year over last. When asked which Latvian personality had previously received the kind of attention Porzingis is currently getting, Kalnitis said, “I don’t think there were any.”